The construction of stadiums in anticipation of the upcoming 48th India Tourism and Industry Exhibition 2023-2024 at Chennai Island is underway at a rapid pace, as confirmed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC).
Under the guidance of Minister of Tourism K. Ramachandran, a review meeting was convened on January 4, focusing on ongoing projects within the tourism department. Emphasising the importance of timely completion, the Minister urged officials to ensure these development projects are swiftly finalised for public utilisation. Further, he stressed the significance of maintaining cleanliness in Tamil Nadu‘s hotels to attract more tourists to the region.
During this session, the Minister, along with Principal Secretary/Tourism Commissioner and Chairman/Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Kakarla Usha, evaluated numerous tourism development initiatives. Other key representatives from TN Tourism Development Corporation were also present.
As part of the inspection, the Minister also directed departmental officials and contractors involved in stadium construction to meticulously oversee progress and evaluate the government departments’ efforts for the 48th India Tourism and Industry Exhibition 2023-2024 at Chennai Island. Notably, a total of 51 stadiums are currently in the process of being built.The projects are being pushed for timely completion in a run up to host the next edition of Indian Tourism and Industrial Exhibition, a flagship event organised by TTDC since 1974. This spans 70 days annually on the island.
Following the pandemic, the 47th Exhibition ran for 73 days from January 4, 2023, to March 23, 2023, attracting a count of 830,000 visitors. Among them were over 200,000 students who gained insight into government initiatives and welfare schemes showcased during the exhibition.
According to the state tourism corporation, the event also had a socio-economic impact as it created direct employment opportunities for 10,000 individuals and an additional 30,000 indirectly, marking a significant contribution to the region’s workforce.